Top of the Gulf 2010, all the news, all the stories and all the pictures

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 05 May 2010

No apologies if this looks like a Top of the Gulf newsletter - it is. It's been a grand four days at Jomtien Beach, Thailand, so we are happy to talk about it. Ray Roberts and the crew of Evolution Racing went all the way to the last race to beat Matt Allen and the Whispering Spies-y for the Overall title, and the Coronation Cup (Platus) was also decided by the last race of the last day - well done the Ferreteers.

Read on, and catch up.

Guy Nowell, Editor.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2010 - handing out the silverware
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Closing night at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, time to put on the dancing shoes and the sharp suit, mix with the glitterati and enjoy the balmy tropical breezes wafting in from the Gulf of Thailand (that's the 'Gulf' in 'Top of the Gulf' of course).... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2010 - down to the wire on the last day
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
In the end, it all came down to the last race for the IRC Racing class today, with Evolution Racing (Ray Roberts) and Ichi Ban (Matt Allen) going in to the last day with 4 and 7 points respectively, after ‘drops'. Ichi Ban threw everything into the first two windward-leeward races, won them both and dragged the score back level. The last race for the series was the re-sail of Saturday's race 2... [more]
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Thai Sailing Star Noppakao Poonpat Reigns Supreme in Pattaya
TOTG Media,
The Thailand Optimist Nationals took place off Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand 1 – 3 May 2010, and welcomed a record line-up of 129 junior sailors from many countries. With ages ranging from a little over six years upto 16, the competition is of the highest calibre with national and world champions taking part.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010 - another day, another breeze.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There is one race on the card outstanding for the IRC Racing class since race 1 was abandoned on Saturday in the aftermath of the ‘2 vs 7' continental error. RO Jerry Rollin took a straw poll over the radio, but one boat demurred so the ‘re-sail' is deferred until tomorrow. Maybe.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta, bobbing around with the Oppies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
On the way back from the Big Boats' race course today we stopped off at the Oppie race area. Amazing. Dozens – no, hundreds! 129 to be exact – of little boats bobbing about all over the place, all heading in different directions, and all being helmed by small sailors in a markedly nonchalant manner.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010- AY Race Report 2,
The weather conditions played a big part in determining the results today. In Race 1 if you chose the right hand side you became a hero and consequently the left side turned out a zero. After the bulk of the fleet got away on Race 2 the breeze did a complete 180' shift turning the windward leg into a run. The black threatening storm clouds overland descended onto the course... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2010 - more photos
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Too many good photos to just file them away...... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010 – patience, and shuffle the cards
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The ‘cats and dogs' dealt out a seriously mixed hand at Top of the Gulf today, with dying breeze, filling breeze, 100 deg windshifts, 180 deg windshifts, a blown start, boats flying spinnakers opposite directions on the same leg of the course and a cut-off time that went out the window. Guaranteed to raise the stress level of the most phlegmatic Race Officer.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010 - challenging winds and challenging racing
TOTG Media,
The light winds and directional changes made for a leisurely start line for all classes on Race 1. The wind died even further at the top mark to fill in later on the last leg to the finish line. The second race saw another light start for many classes and the Platu class was delayed until the wind picked up. As a storm worked its way towards the start line and brought the wind with it...... [more]
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Top of the Gulf – musical chairs on the results sheet
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The 6th edition of the Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina, Pattaya, Thailand, started today in cooking hot sunshine. Blue skies overhead made it all look good for the 51 starters on the big boat entry list, and there was plenty enough breeze to ruffle the waters off Jomtien Beach. The regatta attracts a mixed fleet of keelboats and multihulls, and also includes beach cats and... [more]
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Top of the Gulf: tight racing on the first day
TOTG Media,
The largest fleet of keel boats and multihulls in the Gulf of Thailand's premier yachting event, the Top of the Gulf Regatta, took to the waters today for the first set of races. A total fleet of 51 boats took part in two races on the first day with wind filling in after a light air start to make a successful first day of races.... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup - Four races for Sea Dubai
Dubai International Marine Club,
‘You see those puffy, really low clouds sitting by the mountain over there,' said Peter Regio, Principal race officer at twelve o'clock, ‘they haven't moved for the last three hours, it's not looking good right now,'... [more]
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Largest sailing boat in Asia attracts attention
Chen Chin-ping and Lilian Wu, Focus Taiwan,
A large sailing boat, touted as the biggest in Asia, attracted widespread attention Saturday when it anchored in Keelung's Pisa Harbor. Chou Ming-hua, secretary-general of the Keelung Sailing Boat Committee, said the yacht, the RT-Mart, is owned by Samuel Yen-liang Yin, chairman of the Ruentex Group.... [more]
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America's Cup teams to race at Cowes week 2010
Michelle Warner,
The 1851 Cup will bring together some of the world's greatest sailors at the world's largest sailing regatta and re-ignite and build interest in match racing in large yachts in British waters again.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 14
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'Not long before dusk another white object was spotted on the horizon, but this time out to starboard. Being just out of range of the binoculars, speculation was rife that it was another yacht but with an hour to go until sched time we debated the possibilities.”... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34th America's Cup - Just do it!
Richard Gladwell,
The Media Conference next week in Rome is now expected to set the timelines and procedure for the consultative process, which will be a forerunner to the Protocol and opening of the entry window for the 34th America's Cup. That probably points to a Match date in 2014, venue will likely be San Francisco, as the mood seems to favour a home stadium option. Boat - probably a monohull in the 70... [more]
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Land Ho! Plastiki Makes 1st Landfall!
The Plastiki has reached its first stop off after 39 days at sea! Having travelled from San Francisco, covering 3600 nautical miles, the crew are overjoyed to reach dry land, not to mention excited for the chance to sleep in a real bed that doesn't rock and roll all night!... [more]
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Former ISAF match racing Champion, Ian Williams starts 2010 Campaign
WMRT Media,
Ian Williams, Great Britain's first ever ISAF Match Racing World Champion, will start his 2010 Tour Campaign at stage two, Match Race Germany.... [more]
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France and GBR dominate 2010 SOF in Hyeres
Corinne McKenzie,
2010 SOF Medal races, in Heyres, just as was the whole week were sailed in light and shifty winds. The 42nd Semaine Olympique Fran├žaise, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup tested the nerves of sailors and race committee. Concentration was one of the main key to success.... [more]
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Moored sailor sparks massive Coastguard search
Maritime Coastguard Agency/Sail-World,
In a call that echoes the sentiments of Coastguards round the world, an officer of the Thames Coastguard has pleaded with all sailors to set out with a working VHF, navigation equipment, up-to-date charts, flares and life saving equipment... [more]
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